LITTLE Freddie Hammon was treated to a birthday party at a fire station to celebrate turning three – a birthday his parents thought he would never see.
The tot, who is crazy for cartoon Fireman Sam, enjoyed riding inside an engine, using a hose and dressing up as his hero.
The youngster was born prematurely at 25 weeks, weighing 1lb 10oz, in St Mary’s Hospital, Milton.
His twin Edward, died two days later.
But against all odds, Freddie has shown remarkable recovery and so far has had no health problems.
He celebrated his third birthday with friends and cousins at Cosham fire station, in Wayte Street, Cosham.
Mum Claire Hammon, of Farlington Avenue, Farlington, said: ‘The visit to the station was good fun.
‘Freddie was a bit overwhelmed by it all, but he enjoyed himself with his cousins.’
His parents describe him as a ‘little miracle’ and hope his story will provide inspiration to other families who have premature babies.
Claire, 37, said: ‘Having a premature baby is a torturous experience for all family involved.
‘For parents to be seeing a baby daily, often no bigger than a bag of sugar, attached to wires and leads with machines bleeping becomes very harrowing.
‘Now three years on we have a wonderful, healthy son, who many do not even realise was a premature baby.
‘He has a totally unique spirit and love of life.
‘We often call him Fearless Freddie, which we do feel is attributed to how he had to fight for his life during the first few days.
‘For any parent who finds themselves in our position, we would say believe in the wonderful team caring for your baby and have faith knowing you have a little miracle in your family.
‘We’d like to thank all our family, friends and nurses, for their support and help, and a big thank you to Cosham Fire station for giving Freddie such a memorable third birthday.’
Firefighter Garth Waterman, of Cosham blue watch, said: ‘We hold parties at Christmas for babies in the neo-natal unit in hospital and the first year we started was when Freddie was in hospital, so it was great to see him on his birthday.’